Wednesday May 3rd 2017 – £12.00 on door, £10.00 in advance
Khourosh Kanani Quartet
(2 x guitars, violin, double bass)
Khourosh is one of the new breed of technically superb jazz swing guitarists who’s making waves on the London scene. He was born and bred in Leeds and trained at the university there. However, he had been playing and ‘studying’ music for several years before that. The product of a very musical family, Khourosh (his father is Iranian and mother Irish) was absorbing jazz from an early age, listening to recordings of Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins and many other legendary guitarist – some of that has obviously stuck and he’s added his own very unique style to create a fiery, powerful sound that is reminiscent of the great Django Reinhardt. With Ben Holder on violin, Caley Groves on rhythm guitar and the Mike Green on double bass, we’re looking forward to a fabulous night of swing jazz – Paris hot club style!
Wednesday June 7th 2017 – £12.00 on door, £10.00 in advance
Catherine Sykes Quartet – Celebrating Ella….
(voice, guitar, violin, double bass)
Sometimes superlatives just aren’t enough – that’s how we feel about the delightful jazz vocalist Catherine Sykes. She’s one of the finest jazz vocalists you’ll in the UK – clear, concise tone, pitch perfection and that rare ability to wrench every last drop of meaning from a lyric. Last year, Bristol based Catherine treated us to a night of music in tribute to Peggy Lee but this time she’ll be bringing the music of her greatest influence – the “incomparable” Ella Fitzgerald. So there’ll be more jazz and less blues, but maximum entertainment celebrating Ella with tunes like Mack The Knife, How High The Moon, Cheek to Cheek and Take The ‘A’ Train. With Catherine will be Jez Cook (guitar), Ben Holder (violin) and Paul Jefferies (double bass).
Wednesday July 5th 2017 – £12.00 on door, £10.00 in advance
The Bateman Brothers
(trumpet, trombone, piano, bass & drums)
Trumpeter and Trombonist Alan and Ian make a very fine pair – brothers and brothers in music, they are much sought after throughout Europe for their fantastic performances. Their biogs read like a who’s who of British jazz – peppered with references to some of the finest jazz musicians of the last five decades. They’ve worked with Acker Bilk, Terry Lightfoot, NYJO and many others. Their style is unashamedly ‘swing’ with hint towards the trad end of the spectrum but there’s also some fine mainstream going on – just great jazz! They’ll be playing two sets of a wide ranging repertoire with Ben Holder on piano, Paul Jefferies on double bass and club favourite Nick Millward on drums.
Wednesday August 2nd 2017 – £12.00 on door, £10.00 in advance Tribute to
Craig Milverton’s Foursome – Remembering Oscar
(piano, violin, bass & drums)
Craig Milverton has graced thousands of stages throughout the Europe and the USA with his own ensembles and with notably trumpeter Digby Fairweather, BBC radio’s blues programme presenter Paul Jones and American saxophonist Scott Hamilton. His style is unique yet lyrical with a heavy rhythmic inference. We’re delighted that he’ll be presenting his own selection of favourite pieces for quartet including ben Holder (violin), Paul Jefferies (double bass) and Charlie Stratford (drums).
Wednesday September 6th 2017 – £12.00 on door, £10.00 in advance
Ollie Weston Quartet – Hat’s off to The Duke!
(tenor sax, piano, bass & drums)
We’re really excited to be introducing multi-reeds player Ollie Weston to you. Ollie is one heck of a fine saxophonist – he has a muscular tone, melodic approach and fiendish technique! Known especially as a performer with the London Jazz Orchestra, Back to Basie and Sax Appeal as well as numerous recording credits as a session player with jamie Cullum, Amy Winehouse, Island records and Stornaway. He’s also head of sax at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has written extensively about jazz harmony and the art of saxophone playing. With Ben Holder (piano), Paul Jefferies (bass) and Nick Millward (drums) he presents an evening of music devoted to the music of Duke Ellington.
Wednesday October 11th 2017 – £12.00 on door, £10.00 in advance
Tom Kincaid’s Jazz Standards Trio
(piano, violin, & double bass)
One of the finest pianists in the UK, club favourite Tom returns to play a swathe of jazz standards that he loves. Tom’s playing can reflect a myriad of jazz styles, one minute sounding like Teddy Wilson (Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald) and the next you’ll hear the close harmony chords reminiscent of the great Bill Evans – throughout his playing there’s a lightness of touch and effortless dexterity that defies traditional technique. So, with Ben Holder on violin and vocals and Paul Jefferies playing double bass we’re pretty well assured of a melodic, humorous and dynamic brace of sets.
Wednesday November 8th 2017 – £15.00 on door, £20.00 in advance
Julian Marc Stringle Quintet
(clarinet/sax, violin/vocals, piano, bass & drums)
One of our ‘specials’ this quintet show will have you tapping your feet throughout and leaving with a huge smile. Julian is a master musician, especially on clarinet for which he is best known. A child prodigy, he was performing on TV shows aged 11 with Acker Bilk and has gone on to become quite possible Britain’s most popular clarinetist with a repertoire as long as Brighton pier and a personality that – well – juts makes you happy….On stage will be Ben Holder, Craig Milverton, Paul Jefferies and Nick Millward – the ‘toppest’ of quality jazz. PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL PRICE FOR THIS CONCERT £15.00 IF BOOKED AHEAD.